First on CNN: Republican committees tie Democrats to proposed Medicare Advantage cuts
February 26th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
10 months ago

First on CNN: Republican committees tie Democrats to proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

Updated 2:15 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

Washington (CNN) - Republican groups are hitting Democrats over the Obama administration's proposal to cut payment rates to insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, highlighting a potentially damaging report for Democrats among seniors ahead of this year's midterm elections.

A joint memo released Wednesday by three Republican committees - the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee - ties Democrats to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report released last Friday.

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Filed under: Medicare • NRCC • NRSC • Obamacare • RNC
First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack
December 4th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Republicans bring back Medicare attack

Updated 9:24 a.m. ET, 12/4/2013

Washington (CNN) – As President Obama and Democrats try to salvage the reputation of the Affordable Care Act, a national Republican group will hit 12 Democrats–all running in Senate elections next year–over changes to Medicare.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will highlight Wednesday the candidates' support for the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and what Republicans call $717 billion in cuts to the popular entitlement program that guarantees health insurance to seniors.
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Filed under: 2014 • Medicare • NRSC • Obamacare
WH: Obamacare is a cost-saver and job creator
November 20th, 2013
01:13 PM ET
1 year ago

WH: Obamacare is a cost-saver and job creator

Updated 11/20/2013 at 3:19pm ET

Washington (CNN) - In the eyes of White House officials, it's just one of the untold upsides of Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act is already saving Americans money - they just don't know it.

In a report released Wednesday by Jason Furman, the president's new Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Obama administration claims health care spending grew at a pace of 1.3% per year between 2010 and 2013, the lowest rate on record since 1965.

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Filed under: Health care • Medicare
Republicans revive Medicare subsidy plan
March 12th, 2013
02:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans revive Medicare subsidy plan

New York (CNNMoney) – How does Rep. Paul Ryan want to save Medicare? Offer seniors subsidies to cover their premiums.

Here we go again.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Medicare • Paul Ryan
Déjà vu: 2014 wars begin over Medicare, budget
March 12th, 2013
09:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Déjà vu: 2014 wars begin over Medicare, budget

(CNN) – Not wasting a minute, Democratic campaign groups in Congress are bringing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan–which he's set to release Tuesday–into the line of fire, attempting to make it a wedge issue in the 2014 midterm elections.

But Republicans are hitting back, attacking Democrats for their lack of a balanced budget one day before Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray is expected to make public the Senate's budget plan.
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Filed under: Budget • DCCC • DSCC • House Majority PAC • Medicare • NRCC • Paul Ryan
How Obama plans to save Medicare
March 11th, 2013
12:48 PM ET
2 years ago

How Obama plans to save Medicare

New York (CNNMoney) – The White House often says President Obama has a plan for reforming entitlements, particularly Medicare.

However, the specifics of that proposal don't spring to mind as easily as the reforms being bandied about in Republican circles, such as providing seniors with vouchers to pay for premiums or raising the retirement age.

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Filed under: Medicare • President Obama
Ryan backs off Medicare proposal
March 6th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan backs off Medicare proposal

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is backing off his proposal to change Medicare for people who are now 57 and younger, after personally lobbying fellow Republicans to support that change.

Ryan, the Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate, had urged his GOP colleagues to support the entitlement reform as part of next year's GOP budget. But many House Republicans resisted, worried that the plan would be politically perilous because it would break the party's pledge not to include Americans who are now older than 55.
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Filed under: Medicare • Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan eyes controversial Medicare changes
March 5th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan eyes controversial Medicare changes

Washington (CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan could be on the verge of reigniting another political firestorm over Medicare.

As part of his budget plan for next year, Ryan is considering dramatic changes to the entitlement program including possibly changing the plan for people who are currently 57 and older, according to several House Republican sources. That would be a shift from a repeated GOP pledge to wall off people who are now 55 and older from any impact of new reforms.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Medicare • Paul Ryan
Majority of Americans have received government aid
December 18th, 2012
01:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Majority of Americans have received government aid

New York (CNNMoney) - More than half of Americans have received benefits from government entitlement programs during their lifetimes, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

The study found that 55% of Americans have been on at least one of the six largest government safety net programs: unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, Medicaid and Welfare.

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Filed under: Medicare • Social Security
Medicare patients at risk without doctors' fiscal cliff fix
November 30th, 2012
07:05 AM ET
7 months ago

Medicare patients at risk without doctors' fiscal cliff fix

Washington (CNNMoney) - As lawmakers head into talks to avoid the fiscal cliff, doctors are watching closely.

Thanks to bad timing, the Medicare fees that doctors are paid for treating seniors has gotten tangled up in the same high-stakes deal-making to avert the fiscal cliff - across the board tax hikes and spending cuts that kick in January.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Medicare
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